Impact Basketball Rumors
Whether in shape or out of it, we do know that Joe Abunassar is going to hold a one-week boot camp at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, Nevada next week, and that should help some veterans get themselves back into playing shape.
Mr. Stoudemire, a star Knicks forward, said this month that he has had discussions with other players about starting another league if the lockout lasts beyond this year. “It’s a matter of us strategically coming together with a plan,” he said then. Mr. Tilliss said a new league would be “not even remotely feasible” because of the decades of infrastructure the NBA has built up, including arenas and TV deals. The first case study in NBA lockout leagues was the Las Vegas-based Impact Basketball League, which ran for two weeks in September and featured stars such as Rudy Gay of the Memphis Grizzlies and John Wall of the Washington Wizards.
The Impact financial model was different because the league was made up of players already training at Impact’s facility. Joe Abunassar, a trainer who ran the Impact league, said its players weren’t paid. Mr. Abunassar said he put $30,000 in expenses into the effort and “just about broke even.” He said, however, that he thinks he could have solicited additional sponsors—the initial run had two—and an Internet TV deal that could have paid the players a “good chunk of money for a weekend of games.” Mr. Abunassar said that if the lockout drags on, he could tack on another week of games with more promotion and revenue in mind.
Sebastian Telfair has received plenty of interest from teams overseas, but he’s not considering signing abroad at the moment. Telfair turned down several offers from European teams last week and he’s also passed on offers from Chinese teams. Rather than play overseas, he’ll continue to work out at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas for the duration of the lockout. Telfair has been working out twice a day, seven days a week as he prepares for free agency.